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(Slate)   Some days, the internet will punch you in the gut, insult your mother, and make you wish for eye bleach. Other days, it solves a 20-year-old riddle about a dying grandmother's cryptic last note   (slate.com) divider line 15
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2014-01-22 09:56:06 AM
3 votes:

jtown: So prayin' didn't help.


Don't be a c*nt.
2014-01-22 09:50:05 AM
3 votes:
So prayin' didn't help.
2014-01-22 09:41:15 AM
2 votes:
This story made me smile this morning. You go, internet.
2014-01-22 01:25:02 PM
1 votes:

jtown: So prayin' didn't help.


Not abbreviated praying, seemingly.
2014-01-22 11:21:10 AM
1 votes:
Items that are sad in this story:
Grandma dying.
That Grandma thinks what she did is a sly code worthy of her last communication on earth.  It's not exactly the Voynich manuscript. 
That Grandma filled her last message with desperate pleas to an unanswering god, rather than a message of love for her family.

/It's like a Russian nesting doll of feels
2014-01-22 11:15:04 AM
1 votes:
I don't imagine it was a note meant to communicate then, I take it to be a mnemonic device for a poor short term memory to keep its place. much like the function of rosary beads.
2014-01-22 10:41:58 AM
1 votes:
No offense to Granny, but I think these Christmas Story comparisons are apt. They've had these mysterious codes for years, probably with all sorts of imaginative guesses as to what they were. My reaction really would have been

"It's a crappy PRAYER?! What a rip off!!"
2014-01-22 10:29:39 AM
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/BTW, Ovaltine is sh*t now that Nestle bought out the company and turned it into Quik in a slightly more expensive jar
2014-01-22 10:01:14 AM
1 votes:

RedTank: jtown: So prayin' didn't help.

Maybe it helped a dying woman cope with her situation...?  All of us lie to ourselves everyday, sometimes it's socially acceptable, sometimes not.


Hey, I'm about as areligious as you can get without being an asshole atheist, but I would never, ever knock the power of prayer to provide comfort in a situation where you know you are dying.

Even if all it's doing is providing psychological comfort akin to a placebo, it can still be a powerful coping mechanism for people who believe, and more power to them if they find peace and acceptance of their fate that way.
2014-01-22 09:47:09 AM
1 votes:
Neat. But the Ask Metafilter color scheme hurts my head
2014-01-22 09:45:43 AM
1 votes:
that is pretty awesome and if somewhere in there is "DFTDYO" (don't forget to drink your Ovaltine) I would be happy :p
2014-01-22 09:44:30 AM
1 votes:
The difference being, of course, that if there is any personalized phrasing whatsoever in the Gramm-onyms, any decoding is going to be of necessity ambiguous because the only person who truly knows what it means is dead.

Having said that, searching for prayer phrases obviously has shown some results, and at least gives a flavor of what Granny was thinking in her final days on Earth during a time she couldn't effectively communicate.

/Distaffbopper knows that if I'm conventionally uncommunicative, to look for signs of Morse.
//She doesn't know Morse code, but knows people who do.
2014-01-22 09:43:49 AM
1 votes:
Wait, so...not a treasure map? Thanks a lot, grandma.
2014-01-22 09:41:43 AM
1 votes:
Ok.... This is cool. I hope it gives the family some comfort.
2014-01-22 09:32:46 AM
1 votes:
Reminds me of the GCHQ recruitment thread we had a while back, where farkers collectively figured out all of the puzzles in a matter of hours.

The power of collaboration should not be underestimated.
 
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